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Great

Great
Sara Benincasa
HarperTeen 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.

Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa's darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers.


I didn’t h…

The Selection

The Selection
Kiera Cass
HarperTeen, 2012
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Initially, I heard really bad reviews about this book. Two of my favorite fellow readers really liked it, though, so I tried it. …

Six-Word Memoirs

Six-Word Memoirs
Edited by Smith Magazine
HarperTeen, 2009
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
One life. Six words. What's yours?

True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filledNot Quite What I Was Planning, theNew York Timesbestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series—and an international phenomenon. Some of the most compelling were by teens, so now SMITH Magazine has compiled a book written entirely by these bold, brash truth-tellers. From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell.

Met online; love before first sight.

Hair's pink to piss you off.

I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today.

I'm seventeen, engaged, and not pregnant.

My mom had my boyfriend deported.

Late for school every single day.

According to Facebook, we broke up.


These were fascinating. Some were very deep, some silly.…

The Boy on Cinnamon Street

The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Phoebe Stone
Arthur A Levine Books, 2012
Audience: Younger Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school's gymnastics team - but she isn't. She's fun and cute and should have lots of friends - but she doesn't. And there's a dreamy boy who has a crush on her - but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her - so what is it that's holding her back?


I thought this narrator’s voice was incredibly accurate - it really did sound like a seventh grader. At the beginning of the book, you know something happened to her, but you don’t know what. It’s revealed gently and seriously. I thought it was a good way to show that everyone deals with grief and trauma differently. The best part of the book was Louise’s support system. She had so much love surrounding her during a tough time. It was very sweet and very romantic - on a middle school level.

Texts from Jane Eyre

Texts from Jane Eyre
Mallory Ortberg
Henry Holt and Co, 2014
Audience: All Teens (in spite of a few swear words)
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.

Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite websiteThe Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature,Texts from Jane Eyreis a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite bo…

First Frost

First Frost
Sarah Addison Allen
St. Martin’s, 2015
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
It's October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree... and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.

Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby— a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure o…

Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us
Gail Giles
Candlewick Press, 2014
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first "real world" apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought — and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

This was not my favorite. It made me super uncomfortable. I felt like there should have been some kind of warning as to what was waiting for me in the story. This book is definitely not for sensitive readers. Aside from that, the story was a sweet way…

Geronimo Stilton: The Mystery in Venice

Geronimo Stilton: The Mystery in Venice
Geronimo Stilton
Scholastic, 2012
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
When my friend Petunia Pretty Paws gave me a crystal figurine of a boat as a gift, I had to accept it. After all, I have the biggest crush on Petunia! But oh, was that crystal boat ugly! So I wasn't too sad when my cousin Trap accidentally broke it, especially when I discovered a piece of paper inside with a mysterious message from someone in Venice, Italy, asking for help! A gentlemouse never ignores a request for assistance. So I, Geronimo Stilton, would do whatever it took to save the day!

This was just as much fun as Ducktales was when I was a kid!

Loved it!

This is my first Geronimo Stilton book and it was fantastic! I understand why kids love them. The puns were fun, and there was so much information in the book. I’m not a nonfiction fan, so these books would have been perfect for me as a child. They’re fun but also explain more about the story - informat…

Revival

Revival
Stephen King
Scribner, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of …